Hints & Tips

Furniture

  • Disassemble furniture or any items that need to be taken apart and carefully save any hardware
  • Chairs should be stowed seat to seat or upside down on unassembled items
  • Use sheets of cardboard on the floor of the unit to protect uncovered items
  • If short of space you can store sofas and mattresses on end.

Appliances

  • Thoroughly clean and dry ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and washing machines before storing
  • Store appliances with the doors slightly ajar

Boxes

  • Use all the space, dont under fill your boxes
  • Fill empty spaces in boxes with packing materials to ensure stacked boxes dont collapse!
  • Pack safely dont overfill your boxes, stacked boxes are safer if filled but not overflowing
  • Be sure that you don’t make boxes too heavy to lift
  • Stack heavier boxes at the bottom
  • Label your boxes to easily locate and identify contents

Electronic Items

  • Label all leads and sockets with descriptive name
  • Avoid using shredded paper to pack VCRs or DVDs
  • Make sure disks, CDs and DVDs are removed from machines
  • Locate the original packing if possible and seal the lids

Fragile Items

  • Nest individually wrapped cups, bowls and plates
  • Use paper plates between plates as packing
  • Double wrap nests of 3 items
  • Stand plates and saucers on edge
  • Pack delicate items separately using bubble wrap or tissue paper
  • Avoid using newspaper as the ink can stain
  • Pack mirrors, pictures and records on edge not flat
  • Books can be packed flat in boxes to protect spines
  • Label Boxes “FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP”

Fabrics

  • Clean clothes before packing as dirt and residue can cause mould
  • All materials should be folded or wrapped and with moth balls
  • Clothing and linen can be packed in large boxes or plastic bags

Metal Items

  • Clean and dry tools and metal items before storing
  • Wipe metal items with a lightly oiled rag
  • Tie tools securely into bundles
  • Vehicles and machinery should be drained of water, oil and petrol

Important Tips

  • Keep frequently used or needed items near the entrance of the unit
  • Store least used items first
  • Store important documents in the same place
  • Store heavier objects at the bottom of a stack
  • Remember to open the door of your unit regularly to check on your contents and help ventilation
  • If going away whilst your goods are in storage ensure you arrange for someone to do this for you

General Care
To ensure full protection from damp and the elements we strongly suggest that all items within your storage unit are covered with waterproof materials and slightly raised off the floor. Leave a gap between your goods and the container walls to help ventilate the container.